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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:

 

CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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August 22, 2016  

Federal agencies clarify ADA requirements when resurfacing roads

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a clarification , in the form of "Questions and Answers" to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)/Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Joint... Read More About Federal agencies clarify ADA requirements when resurfacing roads
August 22, 2016  

White paper explores protected intersections

Alta Planning + Design has produced a white paper on building protected intersections.  The report offers an overview of protected intersections, discussing their history, basic... Read More About White paper explores protected intersections
August 8, 2016  

Report on pedestrian crossings of passenger rail lines

The Transportation Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) released its " Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services ," a document of engineering treatments to improve... Read More About Report on pedestrian crossings of passenger rail lines
August 8, 2016  

San Francisco releases study of automated speed enforcement

A City of San Francisco report   presents the findings from a survey administered to six municipalities that implemented Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) programs to address speeding and... Read More About San Francisco releases study of automated speed enforcement
August 1, 2016  

Government Accountability Office releases pedestrian and bicycle safety report

In response to requests from members of the U.S. congress, the Government Accountability Office (GOA) has published: " Pedestrians and Cyclists: Cities, States, and DOT are Implementing Actions... Read More About Government Accountability Office releases pedestrian and bicycle safety report
August 1, 2016  

FHWA report highlights interconnected bicycle and pedestrian networks

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released " Case Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable, and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks ," a report that's part of a FHWA... Read More About FHWA report highlights interconnected bicycle and pedestrian networks
July 26, 2016  

Report on physical activity as a solution for obesity

The Food and Nutrition Board – part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Institute of Medicine – has released a summary of an April 2015 workshop that explored... Read More About Report on physical activity as a solution for obesity
July 26, 2016  

Study explores drivers’ compliance with pedestrian signage

A  study by the Center for Urban Transportation Research for the Florida Department of Transportation explores driver compliance at signalized intersections with signs aimed at increasing... Read More About Study explores drivers’ compliance with pedestrian signage
July 18, 2016  

FTA web page on bicycle-related funding opportunities

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has created a page listing the FTA's many bicycle-related infrastructure funding opportunities aimed at improving personal mobility and public... Read More About FTA web page on bicycle-related funding opportunities
July 18, 2016  

Pedestrian and bicycle road safety assessments summarized in new report

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has published a document summarizing the results of 52 road safety assessments (RSA) from across the country as part of the Secretary of... Read More About Pedestrian and bicycle road safety assessments summarized in new report
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities…leading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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